Parsha Toldoth

Shalom. I thought I might comment on B’rashith 27:27:

Rashi comments – It is Ya’acov (Jacob) which has been blessed [and not the field…].

“See, the fragrance of my son is as the fragrance of a field which G-D blessed.”

And he came closer, and he kissed him, and he smelled the fragrance of his garments, and he blessed him, and he said, “Behold, the fragrance of my son is like the fragrance of a field, which the Lord has blessed!

“the fragrance” is to be understood as “his righteous deeds” – which is like a field that has been blessed by HaShem

And what were his deeds? He: Honored his father (He left for Haran) and his mother (He did what his mother asked of him which is to take the blessing of the firstborn); he was sargel (“straight”) with HaShem when he prayed, e.g. “If HaShem will bless me in the way I go…then I will tithe a tenth.” “I am afraid of my brother Esav (Esau);” he took a wife by kesef (money) through his labors; and he fulfilled the mitzvah of “being fruitful and multiplying” as the progenitor of 12 sons/tribes! When Jacob entered the land of Israel, G‑d repeated it to him: “And G‑d said to him, ‘I am the Almighty G‑d; be fruitful and multiply…” See Talmud, Yevamot 65b as to what is learned from this repetition.

“Blessed shall you be … in the field…”. Devarim 28.3

To which “field” is this like? “It is like the ‘field’ [threshing floor] of Ornan (Arunah) the Jebusite which HaShem blessed ‘by the Hand of David’ .” How was it “blessed”? Through David’s “planting” Tehillim (Mishmaroth on the site….).

And to whom is this like? “It is like the landowner who leaves greater than 1/60th of the corners of his field” (which is to be understood as the “Righteous ‘Deeds’ [generous heart] of Bo’az“). Those who come to collect “pe’ah” praise the landowner for his generosity. As it says, “A good name is better than much riches.” (Therefore … the Parsha begins, “These are the generations of Yitzchaq (Isaac).” A persons deeds are known through his descendants….)

Jastrow on Sefaria –

m. (b. h.; preced.) flavor, scent, odor; sense of smell. Ber. 43ᵇ (ref. to Ps. CL, 6) איזהו דבר … זה הר׳ what is the thing which the soul enjoys and from which the body has no material benefit? It is smell. Ib. עתידים … שיתנו ר׳ וכ׳ in the future the young men of Israel shall give forth sweet savor (of purity) like the Lebanon (ref. to Hos. XIV, 7). Lev. R. s. 30; a. v. fr.—Trnsf. (cmp. אָבָק) slight resemblance, a suspicion of. Gitt. 86ᵇ אף ר׳ הגט אין בו it has not even the slightest resemblance to a letter of divorce (by which the woman concerned might be precluded from marrying a priest); Y. ib. IX, 50ᵇ top אפי׳ ר׳ פסול אין בה there is not a suspicion of disqualification in her case. Y. Sot. I, 16ᵈ top מר׳ ערוה נגעו בה something of the odor of incest has touched her (the rival wife of a faithless woman); a. e.—Pl. ריחוֹת. Cant. R. to I, 3 כל … ר׳ היו וכ׳ all the songs which the ancients recited before thee were merely sweet savors, but we (say), ‘oil that is poured forth is thy name’; כל המצות … ר׳ היו וכ׳ all the pious deeds … were merely flavors, but &c.; a. e.

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